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    Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines Updated June 12, 2020

  • 1Updated June 12, 2020

    Massachusetts Youth Soccer is dedicated to protecting the health of all people in and outside of our community. In an effort to assist our players, coaches and parents with their efforts to return to play after the recent suspension of activities, due to COVID-19, Massachusetts Youth Soccer has put together the following guidelines for our affiliate members to use. Given the nature of this pandemic, this framework may change at any time based on the most recent CDC and or Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines. Please keep in mind that local municipalities may have additional guidelines in place that will need to be adhered to. Once this order has been relaxed, please be aware that individual counties and jurisdictions may have additional restrictions in place that affect your decisions.

    The information contained in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, are provided for general informational purposes only.


    Governor Baker has provided a 4 phase guideline to reopen the state. Each phase of return has specific guidelines that must be followed by your organization. It is important to note that these phases may not always proceed linearly, but rather a step backwards in phases may be required following continuous review of the ongoing situation and environment. Implementing the Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines presented here will require a cooperative relationship between the organization, coach, parent, and player. While the organization and coach must create a safe environment, the parent(s)/guardian(s) are the only ones who may make the decision for their child to return to soccer activities.

    Below is a list of the phases and an explanation as to how it applies to youth sports.

    NOTE: The information provided below is based on current guidelines provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Phase 2. At the time these guidelines were released Phase 3 recommendations had not been released by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Once they are released this document will be updated.


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    No organized youth sports. Included in the Reopening Phases in Massachusetts document for the reopening standards of and Parks, Open Space Outdoor Education Programs is the following guidance: Athletic fields and athletic courts can be utilized only for non-contact sports, with no shared equipment, such as tennis and pickleball. No permits should be issued for group gatherings and users should not engage in pick-up games, organized games or tournaments.

    Youth Sports are not permitted to return under Phase 1 of the reopening and as such all soccer activities under the umbrella of Mass Youth Soccer, as well as all other youth sports in the state, will be suspended during this Phase.


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    PHASE 2

    With Soccer classified as a contact sport, activities under this phase will be allowed but will be limited to no- contact drills and training exercises only. No scrimmages, league games or tournaments may be held during the duration of this phase. This includes friendlies, intrasquad scrimmages or other arranged games. Session plans for conducting practice sessions using physical distancing are available on the Massachusetts Youth Soccer As- sociation Website under the section Coaches / Session Plans website. CLICK HERE

    Programs must separate participants into groups of no more than 12 participants including coaches and staff. Larger playing areas and surfaces such as athletic fields may be used by more than one group of 12 at a time, provided that adequate social distance and group separation can be maintained. To ensure group separation, groups must be spaced at least 20 feet apart while sharing a playing surface.


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    Criteria to participate in these Phase 2 training sessions should adhere to these guidelines (adapted from US Youth Soccer Guidelines)

    • No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have not been exposed to someone that has been ill in 14 days.

    • Live in a general location for 14 days prior to beginning group training. This requirement reduces the risk of introducing COVID-19 into the training group by someone traveling from a different region.

    • Take temperature before going to training. • Upon arrival to training, coaches or staff should ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or

    symptoms of COVID-19. If the athlete has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they should be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. A doctor’s note must be provided.

    • Participants, organizers, spectators, volunteers and facility employees in high risk categories should not participate or attend organized sport activities. List of high risk categories can be found here.

    • Be sure appropriate infection prevention supplies (e.g. hand sanitizer, facial tissues, facial coverings) are present in multiple targeted areas (outlined later in this document).

    • Small group training should take place in an area where physical distancing (6’ apart) can be maintained. • All spectators must adhere to CDC and DPH assemblage and distance guidelines. Spectators, nonessential

    visitors, staff, volunteers and activities involving external groups or organizations should be limited as much as possible. Operators are encouraged to mark off spectator/chaperone viewing sites to allow for social distancing.

    • Spectators/Chaperones must practice social distancing including wearing face coverings. • Participants should use their own equipment and be instructed to sanitize their equipment after every

    training session. • Each participant will be required to have their own water bottle, towel, and personal hygiene products

    (hand sanitizer, facial tissues, face coverings). Players are not required to wear face coverings during soccer activities, but must wear them when arriving and leaving a session. Coaches and spectators will be required to wear face coverings by DPH guidelines (currently whenever within 6 feet of others a face covering must be worn). Tissues, wipes, or disposable gloves must be properly disposed in the appropriate receptacles.

    • Follow cleaning schedule/protocol of equipment (cones, goals etc.) with disinfectant before, during, and after training.


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    • Appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, face coverings/masks) must be worn as required per DPH guidelines.

    • Wear a face covering, when not actively playing and when a player cannot abide by the physical/social distance requirements from coaches, other players and parents.

    • Soccer will be permitted to be played by the players under the rules/laws of the sport.

    In Phase 2 Indoor athletic facilities shall be open and available exclusively for the use of supervised sports programs, including sports camps (which must comply with Reopening Massachusetts camp guidelines), for youths under the age of 18. Locker rooms and indoor common areas in these facilities must remain closed. One way entrances and exits must be instituted while still adhering to established fire and building codes.

    PHASE 3

    Training group size, games and tournaments to be determined by the Commonwealth as we get closer to the opening of the phase. Above guidelines to remain in effect.

    PHASE 4

    Return to new normal - Full resumption of all outdoor recreation.


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    • Assign a COVID-19 Safety Officer who will communicate policy organization wide to organizations utilizing the facility. Regular updates and reminders should be provided.

    • Assign staff to oversee the compliance of organizations at the facility. One staff per two playing surfaces. • Operators should log persons (name and phone number or name and email address) who remain on site for

    a sustained period of time to facilitate contract tracing, including staff, participants, and spectators. • Access to equipment storage and office space should be limited to employees only. First aid kits should be

    available at the playing area or court rather than in an office, where possible. • Facility owners/operators and staff should clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly. • Frequently touched surfaces and objects vary by location but may include d